Henning Schlottmann wrote:
* Abandon the planned vote, don't ask the community. The issue is too
complicated to hand out proper information to the laypersons in the
community. Consequently we should not be bothered. Doing otherwise would
in the best outcome be dishonest, because we have to decide blindly, or
it could result in a disaster. And public vote on issues always means
that in the end no one have to take responsibility for it.
I can't agree strongly enough. This is what the board is
* The responsibility for decisions of this magnitude
lays with the
board. WMF is a non-membership association. Don't even try to evade that
responsibility by delegating it to the "community". Accept the
responsibility and act accordingly.
Indeed. That is most cogently put, and right on the mark.
There should be no doubt that it is impossible to inform the community
to the level necessary. And *tongue in cheek* don't listen to the
hecklers on mailing lists.
As much as I agree with the above points you make so starkly,
this is one thing I will have to disagree with you on. I would urge
the board to keep in mind all the (even emotive and not too logical)
views expressed on the mailing list. I think between us all, we have
covered most of the issues that need to be considered. I don't think
there has been anyone here that has not contributed something
worth pondering of the board, when it does make its mind up.
But of course, that said; the board should make its mind up.
Where do we go from here. That is the issue, and it has to be